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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Photo of the Day – May 9, 2012: Silva Orchids for Mother’s Day

The orchid is a gorgeous gift for Mother’s Day.  They are colorful, stunning and alive, and the blooms can smell wonderful and last for months.

Silva Orchids at the Union Square Greenmarket is the place I recommend for high quality, healthy and unique orchids. You can find the classic cattleyas, as well as other exotic hybrids like the beautiful burgundy bloom in the photo.  Joseph and Beth Silva can help you pick out the perfect variety for the light in your mother’s home and tell you how to care for them and get them to bloom again.

My dad collected orchids all over the world, from the jungles of Brazil to the Arctic. James and I have a great collection of orchids that we rescued from the trash room of our building. People just throw them out after the blooms have gone. But we know better. One of our rescued orchids bloomed from November 2011 until just this past week. They are amazing plants. There is nothing more rewarding than getting an orchid to bloom.  Except maybe the smile on your mom’s face when you hand her one on Sunday.

The Silvas are at the Union Square Greenmarket every Wednesday and every other Saturday. Luckily for us, they will be there this coming Saturday in time for Mother’s Day!


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